Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial It took almost 14 years for artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens to complete this intricate bronze monument, which was unveiled in Boston on May 31, 1897. It celebrates the valor and sacrifices of Col. Shaw and his regiment, whose members were some of the first African Americans to participate in the Civil War. Shaw's story was brought to the big screen in 1989 in Glory, which starred Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman. Listen and learn more about black history @